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Jury selection begins for man charged in runner's hit-and-run death

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 12:11:14-04

CINCINNATI -- Attorneys are vetting a pool of potential jurors in a fatal hit-and-run trial.

Thomas Cavez Stidhum, 25, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide, failure to stop after an accident and tampering with evidence. He's accused of fatally striking a runner with his car and fleeing the scene.

The runner hurt in the crash was 57-year-old Cathy Chatfield, who was participating in the annual Seven Hills Run/Walk, according to court documents. 

On Tuesday, potential jurors will answer questions of the prosecution and defense attorneys at the Hamilton County courthouse.

Documents indicated Stidhum was driving with a suspended or revoked license when he hit Chatfield. He fled the scene, witnesses and police said.

"If Mr. Stidhum was impaired or was in possession of drugs, we don't know because we didn't have him in our custody at the time," Lt. Bruce Hoffbauer said.

Emergency crews took Chatfield to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.